On Board Prime Minister's Special Aircraft, Oct 1 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today reaffirmed India's commitment to resolving alll outstanding issues with Pakistan through peaceful dialogue and said New Delhi was opposed to all illegal immigration into the country.
Speaking to reporters on board the AI-1 while returning from a two-nation tour of US and France, the Prime Minister said he would not like illegal immigration to become a political issue.
''I think there is a complete unity in our country that illegal migration is not something we should encourage in any manner. So this is not an issue that should divide our political parties.
Illegal migrants constitute a problem- sometimes they can indulge in illegal activities- but I do not think it is an issue of controversy or debate- all political parties would like to prevent a situation where large- scale illegal migration takes place.'' The Prime Minister, who met Pakistan President Asdif Ali Zardari in New York on September 24 on the sidelines of the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly, described the meeting as an ''essay in mutual comprehension''.
''We are committed to resolving all outstanding issues between our two countries through peaceful dialogue. There are certain concerns we have about infiltration, about violations of ceasefire, these I did raise and I hope that in the days and months to come the Government of Pakistan will have the wisdom to address some of them.
He evaded a question on whether he would visit Pakitsan, saying the visits had to be prepared well. ''We have to prepare these visits well. We now have a new government in Pakistan, they mean well and I sincerely hope that we can move forward to strengthen our interaction with Pakistan.'' UNI RB RP HS1706